by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Out of the gate, itâ€™s a decent start for Kaneland High School golf after two meets.
Meanwhile, senior cornerstone Hayley Guyton is leading the Knights pack with a more than decent start.
Thursday marked the crowded Geneva Invite at Mill Creek in Geneva, and ended with KHS placing 12th out of 21 teams with a score of 317.
Geneva took its own invite (291) over second-place St. Charles East (295). Bartlett, Genevaâ€™s â€œBâ€ squad and Batavia rounded out the top five.
Guyton impressed with a 72 score, and finished third overall in the individual tallies.
Teammate Luke Krieter shot an 80, followed by Troy Krueger at 82, Josh Schuberg at 83, and Zach Douglas and Adam Grams at 88 apiece.
At the Limestone Invite near Peoria, Kaneland tied for eighth place with Batavia at 328 points.
Guyton again led the Kaneland crew with a 79 score, followed by Krueger and Grams with 81 each.
Kaneland coach Mark Meyer likes the early trajectory.
â€œI like to compare scores from the previous year, and I had expected the team to perform better this year,â€ Meyer said. â€œTo say the least, the team didn’t disappoint. Our team score at Geneva was 10 strokes better than last year, and our team score at Limestone improved by 39 strokes. The best part is that I still think we can lower our scores throughout the season.â€
Knights golf tries to handle host Marengo on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.
Photo: Kaneland golfer Hayley Guyton gets her swings in during Mondayâ€™s practice at Bliss Creek in Sugar Grove. Guyton is off to a hot start for coach Mark Meyerâ€™s squad, shooting a 72 at the Geneva Invite and a 79 at the Limestone Invite. Photo by Mike Slodki